Sovereign Bailouts and Senior Loans

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Christophe Chamley

Boston University - Department of Economics

Brian Pinto


Date Written: August 1, 2012


Institutional lending in crisis is evaluated from a theoretical point of view. First, the share of senior loans in new loans is irrelevant under a given probability distribution of the country's resources. Second, seniority may partially alleviate the inefficiency of debt contracts when the distribution of resources is endogenous to the country's physical investment and effort towards success. Third, with multiple lending rate equilibria, institutional lending may induce a switch to a lower private loan rate if it can be done in a sufficiently large amount. Fourth, conditions are analyzed under which debt forgiveness is efficient under a financial shock.

Keywords: Debt Markets, Bankruptcy and Resolution of Financial Distress, Economic Theory & Research, Financial Intermediation, External Debt

Suggested Citation

Chamley, Christophe and Pinto, Brian, Sovereign Bailouts and Senior Loans (August 1, 2012). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6181, Available at SSRN:

Christophe Chamley (Contact Author)

Boston University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Brian Pinto

Independent ( email )

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